The BSN program offers students the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The BSN curriculum plan consists of lower division core curriculum courses and upper division nursing courses. The upper division consists of five semesters of nursing courses, including theory and clinical lab components, that make up the professional component of the program. Our nursing courses are designed to build on preceding semesters by fostering the development of critical thinking and progressively independent decision-making while providing collaborative opportunities for students. Upon completion of the program, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as the experiences provided through the Capstone College of Nursing.
Students are admitted to the lower division of the Capstone College of Nursing when they meet The University of Alabama admission requirements and declare nursing as their major. The application for admission to UA is available at http://apply.ua.edu. The degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires the completion of the courses presented in the Undergraduate Program of Study. This consists of lower division prerequisite courses taken during the first 2 years of study. Promotion to the upper division, the nursing curriculum, occurs after the sophomore year and is competitive.
Core Curriculum Requirements:
The lower division core curriculum courses can be completed in settings other than the traditional classroom. Most of the core courses are available at your local community college.
UA Core Requirements:
*All students are required to complete either a six-hour history or literature sequence. Students must also complete three hours in the area outside of their sequence (e.g., a student completing HY 101 and 102 must take a Literature course to satisfy degree requirements). If a student elects to complete two history courses, s/he must complete at least one additional HU/FA course to fulfill UA core requirements.
UA Core Requirements for Second Degree Students:
The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes students with a baccalaureate degree in another field to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing degree or a master’s of science in nursing degree.
Prerequisites for Second Degree Students:
Program of Study:
During the first four semesters of the curriculum plan, designated as lower division, students take required sciences, humanities, and other courses that help to prepare them to function as a professional nurse. The degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires the completion of the courses designated in the following program of study. Elective hours may be used to complete a major portion of the University Core Curriculum; additional courses, however, may be required. Students may choose to enroll in summer session(s) to meet requirements and to adjust the program of study to meet individual needs. Students should also review core curriculum requirements in the Academic Records and General Academic Policies section of this catalog. Bold letters indicate courses that meet specific University core curriculum requirements.
NOTE: The Capstone College of Nursing reserves the right to make modifications in its program and policies as necessary, but every effort will be made to implement the general program for full-time students.
Apply for Upper Division Promotion:
The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes applications for promotion from current, transfer, and second degree students. CCN accepts students into the upper division three times per year; in the summer, fall, and spring. Promotion to the upper division is competitive, as spaces are limited. The number of students promoted each semester is dependent upon available resources.
Promotion to the upper division requires successful completion of the lower-division courses designated on the Capstone College of Nursing BSN program of study. Students may apply and be considered for promotion to the upper division during the final lower-division semester if they will have completed all courses prior to the semester for which application to the upper division is made. In such instances, promotion to the upper division may be granted conditionally, pending successful completion of all courses required for promotion.
Spaces in the upper division are limited and meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee promotion to the upper division of the nursing curriculum. When the number of students seeking promotion to the upper division exceeds the number of spaces available, the most qualified applicants are granted admission. Those applicants who present the strongest academic records and who show the most promise for success in the upper division will be promoted.
Eligibility Requirements for Promotion:
Students may have completed many lower division courses at another institution. College transcripts should be mailed to:
UA Office of Records
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
ATI Teas Information:
The Capstone College of Nursing requires the ATI TEAS, an admissions assessment, for students applying for the traditional BSN track. The TEAS is a widely used assessment tool used to determine readiness for admission to and success in nursing programs across the nation. Its purpose is to evaluate an applicant’s potential for successful program completion. The Capstone College of Nursing requires the ATI TEAS, an admissions assessment, for students applying for the traditional BSN track. The TEAS is a widely used assessment tool that is used to determine readiness for admission to and success in nursing programs across the nation. Its purpose is to evaluate an applicant’s potential for successful program completion.
The Capstone College of Nursing requires the ATI TEAS, an admissions assessment, for students applying for the traditional BSN track. The TEAS is a widely used assessment tool that is used to determine readiness for admission to and success in nursing programs across the nation. Its purpose is to evaluate an applicant’s potential for successful program completion.
Scores should be reported to The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing. Scores will be reported through selection of the U of Al Tuscaloosa option for the institution field.
Promotion applicants are required to obtain a 75% overall score on the TEAS assessment in order to be eligible for promotion consideration. Please keep in mind, a 74.5% and above will also be considered a 75% overall score.
Transfer Credit Information:
The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes transfer students to apply to the upper division. Transfer students are defined by CCN as students who have completed less than 32 hours of the required lower division coursework at The University of Alabama.
Follow the same instructions listed under the in-state transfer course information tab with the exception of ensuring the course transfers over as the appropriate course for the program of study. If you have any question about whether the course will transfer over correctly, please visit the UA Registrar’s transfer equivalency table to verify. If you do not see the course listed, feel free to reach out to CCN Office of Student Services at (205) 348-6639.
Alternative Programs Offered:
The Capstone College of Nursing baccalaureate program is a high demand, limited access program. Due to limited enrollment in the upper division and a large applicant pool, many qualified transfer applicants are unable to be admitted to our upper division courses. The Capstone College of Nursing is unable to provide any predictions regarding the acceptance or denial of any applicant. The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes transfer students to our BSN program. Promotion decisions for upper division transfer students are based on the following:
The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes students with a bachelors degree in another field to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Students should meet and provide the following criteria for their application:
Lower Division Advising:
Please complete the appropriate application to be considered for Capstone College of Nursing Scholarships. See Below for Instructions:
Incoming Freshman Scholarship Information:
Current CCN Student Scholarship Information:
Students will be sent health requirement information upon admission to the upper division.
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Students should refer to the UA undergraduate catalog for more information about the BSN program components click to view the UA undergraduate catalog
For more information please contact CCN at 205-348-6639
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between lower division and upper division coursework?
All students declaring nursing as their major are admitted into the lower division at CCN. The courses included in the lower division coursework provide a basis for student’s to successfully complete the nursing program.
Upon completion of lower division coursework, students are invited to apply to the upper division of the nursing program. The upper division is the professional phase of the program which introduces students to a variety of nursing courses with labs in a variety of clinical settings.
What are the requirements for upper division promotion?
Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for promotion into the BSN program:
When are students admitted to the upper division?
Students are admitted to the upper division in the summer, fall, and spring. Promotion to the upper division is competitive and spaces are limited.
In what states does the The College of Nursing accept applications for admissions?
Click here to view the states in which The College of Nursing currently accepts applications for admission.
May I enroll in Nursing classes before I finish the core curriculum?
No. As a rule, students are required to complete the entire core curriculum before beginning nursing coursework.
Do you offer an online BSN program?
No. Due to the clinical requirements of the BSN program, the University of Alabama does not offer an online BSN program.
Should I follow the core curriculum as it is listed on the UA catalog?
We advise all of our students to follow the program of study for the lower division at the Capstone College of Nursing so they do not get behind in science courses. Each science course at The University of Alabama builds on previous semesters so it is important to stay on track. However, our academic advisors work closely with each student to ensure they complete their coursework on time for upper division promotion.
Does a degree in nursing prepare me for the national licensing exam (NCLEX)?
Yes. The Capstone College of Nursing coursework provides students the materials and instruction through lecture and clinical experiences to prepare students for the NCLEX.
Who should I contact about the BSN and 2nd degree program?
For more information about the BSN or 2nd degree program, please contact the Office of Nursing Student Services at email@example.com or 205-348-6639.
Can I take classes at a community college over the summer?
Yes. Students who are behind or want to get ahead are encouraged to take courses at The University of Alabama or another transfer institution. However, when taking courses at another institution, please check the transfer equivalency table to ensure the course will transfer appropriately UA Transfer Equivalency Table.
Can I practice in other states when I graduate with my BSN?
Yes. The NCLEX is a national licensure exam but you will have the flexibility to apply for licensure prior to graduation in your last semester at CCN.
How long does it take to finish my BSN?
The upper division coursework is a five semester program. The BSN program as a whole will take a total of seven semesters from start to finish at The University of Alabama.
How much does it cost?
Tuition varies based on the number of credit hours per semester.
Tuition rates change regularly. For the most updated tuition schedule for online coursework, visit https://studentaccounts.ua.edu/cost/.
When do I apply?
Application to the RN Mobility program is a two-step process. Students must first be accepted into The University of Alabama. Students must then apply to the Capstone College of Nursing for promotion into the upper-division of the nursing curriculum.